Rail traffic is mixed for the week ending August 13, says AAR

By Staff
August 19, 2011 - LM Editorial

Rail traffic was mixed for the week ending August 13, according to data released by the Association of American Railroads (AAR).

Carload volume—at 292,266—was down 1.42 percent annually and ahead of the week ending August 6 at 287,329. It was also behind the week ending April 2, which hit 305,905 carloads, marking the highest weekly carload tally since the end of 2008.

Carload volume was flat in the East and down 1.9 percent out West. Carloads on a year-to-date basis are at 9,230,496 for a 2.1 percent annual increase.

Intermodal came in at 235,598 trailers and containers, slightly ahead of the week ending August 6 at 235,568.

Intermodal volumes on a year-to-date basis at 7,222,948 are up 6.5 percent compared to 2010.

Of the 20 commodity groups tracked by the AAR, 11 were up annually. Metallic ores were up 25.2 percent, and farm products, excluding grain, were down 25.1 percent.

Estimated ton-miles for the week were 33.6 billion for a 0.6 percent annual decrease, and
on a year-to-date basis, the 1,037.1 billion ton-miles recorded were up 3.1 percent.



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Jeff Berman, News Editor
Jeff Berman is Group News Editor for Logistics Management, Modern Materials Handling, and Supply Chain Management Review. Jeff works and lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he covers all aspects of the supply chain, logistics, freight transportation, and materials handling sectors on a daily basis. Contact Jeff Berman.

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